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OVC TTAC: 5. Robbery
5. Robbery
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Time Required: 2.5 hours

This unit discusses robbery, the taking or attempting to take anything of value (actual or perceived) from another person by force or threat of force. Because robbery occurs face to face, it is considered a violent crime.


  • What Is ...? This section covers a particular crime and provides definitions of relevant Words To Know.

  • In the News: Crime Trends asks participants to examine crime statistics and talk about any they find surprising.

  • Examples of .... This section provides case studies of crime victims and asks participants to consider, through either discussion or writing exercises, how they would feel if they or one of their family members was a victim of this crime.

  • What's the Impact of ...? This section asks participants to consider the ripple effect of crime in four areas of impact: financial, physical, emotional, and religious/spiritual.

  • Listen and Learn. Participants watch a DVD clip that illustrates the impact of a crime on the victim and then discuss it as a group.

  • Being Accountable for Your Crimes. Participants read sample accountability statements, then discuss and write their own.

  • Guest victim speaker.

  • Discussion/Wrap-Up.

In addition to these sections, each unit includes optional exercises if time permits.

Unit 5 Additional Exercises

  • “Jim” Impact Statement (replay unit DVD clip prior to this exercise)

  • “Bonnie” Areas of Impact Exercise

  • Personalizing Victimization (participants pick a robbery statistic or scenario and discuss/write their thoughts)

  • “Miguel” Group Activity (have participants discuss/write about the difficulties robbery victims may have in interacting with police, medical personnel, employers, and insurance companies)


  • Define robbery.

  • Provide examples of types of robbery.

  • Describe current trends for robbery crimes.

  • Explain the impact of robbery on victims.

  • Have participants discuss their thoughts and feelings about being held accountable for robbery crimes.

Unit-Specific Downloads

To download files, right click on the file and select "save target as."

Training Manuals

*PDFs of the full curriculum are in the Presenter's Toolbox.


DVD clip. Robbery—Jim

Video clips for the full curriculum are in the Presenter's Toolbox.


Read the trainer's materials included on the unit pages well before presenting the course to your audience; these materials contain preparation instructions essential to an effective training.


Create a folder for Victim Impact: Listen and Learn on your computer and download all the files you'll need in that folder rather than using the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Web site during the training. To download files, right click on the file and select "save target as."